The National Safety Council estimated that 40,100 people died in car accidents in 2017, 1% less than in 2016, but 6% more than in 2015. Remember to stay alert when driving.
When looking at the statistics, people might get scared and decide to stop driving, but instead of thinking that way, it would be better to adopt safe practices at the wheel and create awareness for others to create safer driving conditions.
Avoiding accidents is as simple as using common sense when driving. Here are some characteristics of good driving behavior:
- Reduce speed: driving at a moderate speed will allow you to react to any potential incident and thus reduce the chances of suffering an accident.
- Stay in your lane: there is no problem in others overtaking you, understand that there will always be someone in a bigger hurry than you.
- Drive with both hands on the steering wheel: this will allow you to have more control over the car.
- Keep distance from the car in front to stop in time if the driver in front suddenly stops.
It is also important to avoid distractions. Dedicate yourself only to driving. Avoid driving at night or in adverse weather. If you’re tired, it is important to take a break from driving and not be behind the wheel.
Another factor to consider to avoid accidents is to keep your car in good condition, that is: keep the tires with adequate air pressure; do regular mechanical checks; keep the mirrors and windshield clean.
Driving a car is a pleasure that demands a lot of responsibility. Analyze these tips in detail, follow them and avoid being another part of the statistics of traffic accidents.